As I prepare for an upcoming charity weekend, I thought it an apt time to reflect on and share some of the remarkable events we’ve been involved with recently.

In May, Chief Design Officer and cofounder Josh Levine, his wife Paulina, and 20 fellow ai'ers strutted the streets of New York City with March of Dimes’ March for Babies. Team Levine raised over $40,000 this year, bringing its all-time total to an inspiring $125,000 towards preventing premature births and finding solutions to the problems that threaten our babies. It was a memorable experience for those who were able to join on walk day, and we are already looking forward to next year’s event.

Jess Levy, Senior Project Manager, had a busy summer with a mud run raising money for the National MS Society and Fight Gone Bad, a charity workout benefitting the U.S. Armed Forces Special Operations community. She also participated in Long Island’s Ovarian Cancer Walk.

As a committee chair of the Young Professionals Board of Urban Pathways, I assist homeless New Yorkers increase their likelihood of living independently. I co-hosted a breakfast at Ivan Shapiro House, a residence for formerly homeless, mentally ill New Yorkers, to kick off our series of social events and am back at it this week with a card game night (I’ve been honing my strategy at War).

But this month, whether you’re shopping, watching football or just walking down the street, you’re bound to notice a little more pink around town. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM).

Every three minutes a new case of invasive breast cancer is diagnosed. Although survival rates are on the rise, every 13 minutes a life is taken by this terrible disease.

Throughout this month, Ai is doing its part to help decrease those figures.

This weekend I will be staffing the two-day, 39.3-mile Avon Walk for Breast Cancer as thousands of dedicated walkers trek from Pier 84 to Randall’s Island and back again.  The money raised provides access to care and funds research leading to a cure for breast cancer.

Later in the month, Jess will also join the cause at Barbells for Boobs benefiting Mammograms in Action (MIA). MIA is a non-profit organization that provides screening and early detection tools for low-income and uninsured women and men.

Whether raising funds, awareness, or simply remembering the importance of self and annual exams, Ai invites you to join us in the fight against breast cancer. For more information check out the NCBAM’s website or the American Cancer Society.